Industrial and Commercial Property (Protection) Act, 1927

Registration of artistic work defining a design.

179.—(1) There shall be kept at the Office a book called the register of artistic works wherein shall be entered the names and addresses of proprietors of the copyright in registered artistic works, notifications of assignments and transmissions of such copyright, and such other matters as may be prescribed.

(2) The register of artistic works shall be primae facie evidence of all matters by this Act directed or authorised to be entered therein.

(3) The controller may (subject to the provisions of this section), on the application made in the prescribed form and manner of any person who is the author of an artistic work defining a design, register such artistic work in the register of artistic works.

(4) An artistic work shall not be registered under this section unless, in the case of a published work, the work was first published after the commencement of this Part of this Act or, in the case of an unpublished work, the work was made after the commencement of this Part of this Act.

(5) An artistic work registered in the register of artistic works shall continue to be so registered so long as copyright subsists therein under this Act and shall on the expiration of such copyright be removed from the register by the controller.

(6) The controller may, if he thinks fit, refuse to register any artistic work presented to him for registration and in particular may refuse to register any such artistic work the use of which would in his opinion be contrary to law or morality.

(7) Any person aggrieved by a refusal of the controller to register an artistic work may appeal, if the refusal is on the ground that the use of the artistic work would be contrary to law or morality, to the law officer or, in any other case, to the Court.

(8) The controller may, on request made in the prescribed manner by the registered proprietor of an artistic work or by some person entitled by law to act in his name, correct any clerical error in or in connection with the registration of such artistic work, or enter in such register any change in the name or address of any person whose name or address is entered in such register in relation to such artistic work, or cancel the registration of such artistic work.

(9) Section 129 (which relates to the power of the court to amend a register) of this Act shall apply to the register of artistic works in like manner in all respects as it applies to the register of designs.